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Tension Intensifies between Gov’t Troops, Kurds in Northeastern Syria

21 December 2017 8:47


The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Wednesday that a fresh round of tensions has erupted between the Syrian Army troops and the Kurdish fighters in Hasaka city after the two sides started arresting forces of each other.

The SOHR reported that the army and the Kurds have put their forces on alert in Hasaka city, adding that tension erupted after the Kurds arrested three army soldiers in the Northern entrance of Hasaka city and the army arrested two Kurds in the Central part of the city.

Local sources said that over 100 army men have arrived at an army base out of the city to reinvigorate government forces’ positions in Hasaka.

A Kurdish media outlet reported in November that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) approached the Syrian Army troops’ positions near the border with Iraq, intensifying the possibility of direct confrontation with the pro-government forces in Deir Ezzur province.

The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that the SDF advanced 40 km Eastward from the al-Tanak oilfield and reached Deir Ezzur’s border with Iraq.

The Hawar news added that the SDF  deployed at a distance only 9 km away from the army-controlled town of Albu Kamal, intensifying the possibility of direct confrontation between the SDF and the army men that are advancing in Albu Kamal’s countryside after they captured the town a couple of days ago.

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